Podcast #18: Vintage Book Treasure Hunt

I came into possession of a vintage book titled, Day After Day: A Manual of Devotions for Individual and Family Use, compiled by 19th and early 20th century evangelist John Wilbur Chapman. It was published in 1919, at the end of the first World War. One of the first places I go when treasure hunting in a vintage or antique book, is inside, opening to the front page in the hopes of finding an inscription of its owner. I was not disappointed in this small navy-blue volume with gold embossed lettering.

Etched in pencil, in what appeared to be a hurried cursive handwriting, was the epitaph: “To Laura, with love from Emma & Sade.” An error in composition required erasing the original, “from with love,” for the edited, “with love from.”

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My only disappointment was the absence of any more clues as to date and occasion. Was it Laura’s birthday? Confirmation? Marriage? Who were Emma and Sade? Best friends? Beloved sisters? With so many unanswered questions, my imagination kicked into high gear, fueled with inspiration. This is the stuff short stories are made of, I thought.

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Listen in to the dramatization of this first in a series of Vintage Book Treasure Hunts. I unearth a life lived and words that once inspired a woman’s heart. What wealth I find when I look between the yellowed leaves of an old book! I want to share the wealth with YOU!

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NEW SERIES: Each month I’ll be sharing treasures from my extensive collection of vintage and antique books in this new series of posts and podcasts:Vintage Book Treasure Hunts. I get sweaty palms when I come across an old book with those beautiful covers and gold embossed spines in a thrift or antique shop. They beg to be rescued and given life again by a reader. When I crack open their long shuttered pages, words, ideas, and inspiration rises once again to enrich heart and mind.


Dramatized here, at The Writer’s Reverie Podcast.

Click below to read online along with a host of inspiring works by talented Christian writers to minister to women at RUBY Magazine:

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Sharing Podcast #18: Vintage Book Treasure Hunt this week with:

Literacy Musing Mondays
Mostly Blogging Inspire Me Monday Linkup
Darling Downs Diaries: Good Morning Monday
Create With Joy: Inspire Me Mondays
Wise Woman Wednesday
Coffee and Conversation Wednesdays
Wednesday Sitting Among Friends
Encouraging Hearts and Home Hop Thursday
Booknificient Thursday
Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Katherine’s Corner
Faith Filled Fridays
Pink Saturday
Saturday Vintage Show & Tell at Classical Homemaking
Spiritual Sundays
Create with Joy Inspire Me Monday

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Vintage books are fun to find. I have a few Anne of Green Gables ones, and I treasure the stack of older books that my grandpa gave to me. Thanks for sharing at Literacy Musing Mondays!

    • Yes, Brandi, I can’t pass up a nice vintage copy of Anne of Green Gables. I’m looking so forward to sharing excerpts from some of my treasured 19th century books as I grow Vintage Book Treasure Hunt. Thanks for dropping by!

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